Paint by numbers

When I was little i’d get my arty kicks out of paint-by-numbers. I Loved the minature pots of paint and spend ages filling in those regimented splodges. I’d always be chuffed with my waterfall or baby deer snow scene…. I love that people are feeling the love again for these fun paintings and they’re finding their place in retro-inspired interiors.

Check out these masterpieces.

And lastly, you’ve gotta love a bit of paint-by-numbers wall art!



Window dressing

Noah’s new favourite game is hide and seek and our poor curtains are getting a beating. Although it’s cute seeing his little feet poke out from underneath and his smiley face unveiled, they’re now hemless and looking a bit weary. We have blinds on all the other windows which are nice and simple, but yawn, yawn….. I’d like something a bit more fun.

Our living space is small, so I wouldn’t really be wanting anything to bright and imposing. A while back I discovered some lovely window films by UK designer Emma Jeffs online. Her decorative films go straight onto the window and create pretty patterns, giving you privacy and sunshine (in Scotland? ha!). I guess they’re a modern version of good old net curtains. They’re also great as there are no cords for little hands to grab and get tangled. Here are my faves from her collection.

If traditional is more your thing and you like to get cozy of an evening by closing your curtains on the world, Anthropologie have a very pretty collection. Here’s a peek.

Or, if you’re feeling crafty, check out this clever lady’s upcycled curtain and beautiful patchwork.

Couch dreamin’

We don’t need a new couch, nor do we have the space or spondoola for one, but i’ve been dreaming of adding a new member to the family, in the form of a big vintage, squishy velvet couch, mmmm. Maybe it’s because today all I really wanted to do was to lie one one for 12 hours straight with a box of chocolates and a pile of magazines, with my own little munchkin butler bringing me cups of tea…  Anyway, back to my dream couch. One day it’ll join our fam, but until then, I will brood daily over the following…

And finally, loving this hot pink lady on her hot pink couch. I bet she has a munchkin butler…

Colourful findings in Stockbridge

With a couple of hours free yesterday, I hopped on a bus to Stockbridge, one of my favourite places in Edinburgh. Being able to wander around by myself is a rarity nowdays and I loved every minute of it, looking in all the gift shops and rifling through the charity shops in search of treasure!

One of my favourites shops in Stockbridge is Caoba, a lovely place full of Mexican handicrafts, cards, decorations and even food. Look, see…

Loving the mix of things, especially the wrestling masks! Their ceramics are bold and fun and I love all their minature tiles. It made me think about Mexican inspired interiors and the fun that could be had with all the bright colours and patterns. Feel free to drool over the following….

Chair, as seen here.

You can add this vintage bedspread to your Christmas wish list here!

Book bugs

Noah loves books. He loves to chew, rip, throw, sit on, hide and kiss them, actually, just about anything apart from sit and look at them. This is why most of the time, the tiny flat which we inhabit looks like a bombed library. Don’t get me wrong, i’m not complaining. I understand that one day all the chewing and ripping will turn into quiet observation, so until then I am happy for him to be surrounded by his books. It’s just what to do with them once he has finished his demolition. He has a bookshelf in his bedroom, but recently it seems to have been taken over with stuffed toys and cleverly placed, out-of-munchkin’s-reach parenting books. I’d love to have some book storage especially for him, so that he can reach and admire his beautiful, colourful books – and if i’m lucky, put them back there at the end of the day (hmmm).

Here are some lovely examples of the kind of thing i’m after.

Quick observation – If this kid was Noah, he’d be in the middle of some Spiderman-esque manoeuvre, foot on each yellow chair, reaching for the top shelf…

And lastly, how lucky are the boys and girls in Beijing to have this as their public library?!

Duvet days

If there’s one thing BS hates, it’s my ice cold feet creeping into bed of an evening. I have to sleep with the window open, which in Scotland equals a freezing cold bedroom for 10 months of the year. Today I thought i’d compromise by treating poor, cold BS to a new feather duvet. It won’t replace our old one, but just add to our snuggly layers. I thought i’d see what else was out there to keep us cozy in bed.

I love, love, love this retro inspired duvet cover from Urban Outfitters.

Girly, gorgeous and RED, from Anthropologie.

Imagine how snug and draft-free you’d be in this alcove bed.

Or if all else fails, this bear sleeping bag by artist Eiko Ishizawa is bound to keep you toasty, grrrrrrr!

City rummaging

There is a whole lot of junk out there to be had, but hidden amongst all the high street tat, Edinburgh has a few places that are absolute gems for finding quirky and original furniture and accessories. Here are my favourites…

1. Bra Bohag is a tiny, but well stocked shop on Easter Road. It has a great selection of Mid Century furniture, art and other bits and bobs. The owners are friendly and take care in selecting good quality, timeless pieces for those who love a spot of retro in their homes.

2. Studio One has always been one of those places that makes me forget where I was actually going and want to stay put all afternoon mooching through all the goodies. It’s great for gifts, jewellery, traditional toys, ceramics and lighting. Their furniture store in Morningside is full of beautiful pieces if you feel like splurging.

3. Steptoes in Newington is the place to go for pre-loved furniture. Whether you’re wanting a restoration project or are just someone who loves a good rummage around, this place is so much fun. Nothing beats the feeling of getting a bargain and adding something quirky to your home.

4. I’m a sucker for clutter and Context Interiors do it so well. Based in Morningside and Cockburn Street, these family run stores are full of classic items and Georgian inspired accessories. I’ve yet to check out their newly opened Old Town store, but i’m sure i’ll be hooked.

5. For those of you with a healthy bank balance and who love contempory design, Design Shop UK, Causewayside, is definitely worth a visit. Their shop holds an array of modern interior delights, with larger designer furniture items available to order online.

Of course, I can’t talk about furniture in Edinburgh without mentioning the amazing charity shops that this city has. Banardo’s furniture store on Leith Walk is a favourite of mine, as well as Bethany Trust on Duke Street, where I found and restored these…